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Exploring the role of visual imagery in learning mathematics


Murphy, C, Exploring the role of visual imagery in learning mathematics, Proceedings of the 42nd Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, 30 June - 4 July 2019, Perth, Australia, pp. 508-515. ISBN 978-1-920846-31-2 (2019) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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This paper reports on exploratory research into visual imagery in the learning of early mathematics. It aims to present a theoretical position in relation to perceptual perspectives of visual imagery. Studentsí visual imagery is explored in one example of a teacherís use of a protocol to encourage students to replicate dot patterns. This example indicated that some students were unable to accurately replicate the spatial and numerical features of the dot patterns. Discernment and determinism are considered as key elements impacting on the studentsí imagery, and consideration is given to a focus on these key elements in future research on the use of visual representations in the mathematics classroom.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:mathematics, visual imagery, subitising, determinism
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Curriculum and pedagogy theory and development
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Learner and learning not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Murphy, C (Dr Carol Murphy)
ID Code:134028
Year Published:2019
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2019-07-22
Last Modified:2020-09-11

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